Office of Metropolitan Impact

OMI promotes the University's Mission by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

The mission of the Office of Metropolitan Impact is to further develop the volume, value, and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to enhance aspects of the Chancellor’s Metropolitan Vision as defining dimensions of University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Catch up on OMI programs in the news!

  • The Office of Metropolitan Impact is excited to announce this year’s Seed Grant recipients!  Congratulations to the following:  Dr. Akers, Dr. Bawardi, Dr. DeFauw, Dr. Draus, and Dr. Taylor. For more information on their projects, visit our seed grant page.


  • Markyshia Smith, PAMD Director of Recruitment and Outreach, was recently selected by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as one of a cohort of only twenty-four individuals nationwide -- “Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellows” -- who have been identified as emerging leaders in the black male achievement movement.  She will participate in a year-long learning community that will “help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement.” Congratulations, Markyshia!

Learn More!

OMI supports and increases the local impact of the UM-Dearborn campus in the Metro Detroit area by investing in collaborative projects and initiatives between community and university.

Our work lifts up faculty, supports student success and increases the positive impact of community and university relationships.  Just a few of our many projects are listed below.